Monthly Archives: May 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Maya Angelou, poet and author, died May 28, 2014, at age 86. The American activist was best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but she was a prolific and celebrated writer, with a career spanning … Continue reading

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From the archives: Akua Benjamin (Herstory 2007)

“Why don’t we have social workers at the airport? The need is so great, considering that a large majority of immigrants and refugees arrive in Toronto, yet there are no social workers attached to immigration.” – Akua Benjamin, 2005. Akua … Continue reading

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From the archives: Abigail Becker (Herstory 1977)

One November night in 1854, the heavily-laden schooner Conductor was driven aground and smashed during a fierce storm over Lake Erie. The seven surviving sailors clung to the rigging until morning when they were sighted by Abigail Becker from her … Continue reading

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From the archives: Lucille Johnstone, “Tugboat Annie” (Herstory 2007)

Lucille Johnstone was born in 1924 in Vancouver. “Her grandparents advised her parents against sending her to high school, but she went anyway, working after school to pay for her books and clothes.”1 “I went to a high school that … Continue reading

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From the archives: Mary Cousins (Herstory 1974)

Featured in the 1974 issue of Herstory, Mary Cousins (Feb. 22, 1938-April 22, 2007) was a nurse, teacher, journalist, ambassador for the North, and an Inuit rights activist. The entry in Herstory is short, and of course, only lists her … Continue reading

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